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washing denim with woolite black?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Mayday981, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. Mayday981

    Mayday981 Well-Known Member

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    Hi everybody! I was wondering what exactly is the procedure to wash denim with woolite black in a bath tub? Would I just have a bath tub of cold water and pour some woolite black in it? Also how long would I wait for it to be done? Also do I starch afterwards?
     
  2. robbie

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    yeah, just add the soap to water of your preffered temperature.
     
  3. Brian SD

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    Just throw it in the washer with the woolite black. If you wash it in the bathtub, chances are your jeans are going to feel overly moist and smell like soap for a long while because they won't get the detergent rinsed out.
     
  4. TyCooN

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    Where should I buy woolite black from?
     
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  6. amerikajinda

    amerikajinda Well-Known Member

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    Yes, the politically correct term is WOOLITEÂ[​IMG] Dark Laundry Fabric Wash, commonly abbreviated as "WOOLITEÂ[​IMG] Dark" (and yes, WOOLITEÂ[​IMG] must be in all caps at all times.) You can find WOOLITEÂ[​IMG] Dark at your local Wal-Mart, Target, Albertson's, Kroger, Safeway, Costco, Sam's Club, CVS, etc. etc. etc.

    To answer your third question, wait as long as possible, or six months (whichever comes second) before washing them for the first time.

    To answer your forth question (inexpertly, I'm afraid, but just from personal experience) -- if your jeans are raw denim, and you wash them (I recommend using WOOLITEÂ[​IMG] Dark Laundry Fabric Wash) then you will NOT need to starch them afterwards, because they will be plenty stiff after they dry; furthermore, starching could lead to a breakdown of the fibers over time.

    edit: Oops, I seem to have misread your third question. If you are washing raw denim, you should remove the jeans before the water turns inky blue (which would indicate the loss of the top layer of indigo dye).
     
  7. HighFidelity

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    I wash all of my raw jeans with Woolite black and they come out just fine. I found it at the local supermarket.
     
  8. zacharydschroeder

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    don't starch. if you do, don't over-starch. moderation is key.
     
  9. amerikajinda

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    I wash all of my raw jeans with Woolite black and they come out just fine. I found it at the local supermarket.
    WOOLITEÂ[​IMG] Dark!!! [​IMG]
    don't starch. if you do, don't over-starch.
    Make up your mind!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. Mayday981

    Mayday981 Well-Known Member

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    edit: Oops, I seem to have misread your third question. If you are washing raw denim, you should remove the jeans before the water turns inky blue (which would indicate the loss of the top layer of indigo dye).[/quote]


    How exactly do you know when the top layer of indigo dye is gone? Is it just when the water is all blue or is there a certain time period? Please advise!

    Thanks,

    frank
     
  11. amerikajinda

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    edit: Oops, I seem to have misread your third question. If you are washing raw denim, you should remove the jeans before the water turns inky blue (which would indicate the loss of the top layer of indigo dye).


    How exactly do you know when the top layer of indigo dye is gone? Is it just when the water is all blue or is there a certain time period? Please advise!

    Thanks,

    frank[/quote]

    Well I'm no expert, but what I've noticed from personal experience is that for the first few minutes, the water is clear, but then once it begins to turn blue, that's when I know I should stop washing... using cold water seems to buy me more time (i.e., the water doesn't turn blue as quickly) but I always feel worried when I start to see the water turning an inky blue because I don't want my jeans to lose too much color. I don't believe the entire top layer of indigo will ever be gone, and perhaps losing some of the top layer will better bring out the fades and wear that many find desirable. As for a time period, I'd say don't wash more than half an hour...
     
  12. TyCooN

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    I see the Woolite Dark at my local Target. [​IMG]
     
  13. cldpsu

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    Yes, the politically correct term is WOOLITEÂ[​IMG] Dark Laundry Fabric Wash, commonly abbreviated as "WOOLITEÂ[​IMG] Dark" (and yes, WOOLITEÂ[​IMG] must be in all caps at all times.) You can find WOOLITEÂ[​IMG] Dark at your local Wal-Mart, Target, Albertson's, Kroger, Safeway, Costco, Sam's Club, CVS, etc. etc. etc.

    To answer your third question, wait as long as possible, or six months (whichever comes second) before washing them for the first time.

    To answer your forth question (inexpertly, I'm afraid, but just from personal experience) -- if your jeans are raw denim, and you wash them (I recommend using WOOLITEÂ[​IMG] Dark Laundry Fabric Wash) then you will NOT need to starch them afterwards, because they will be plenty stiff after they dry; furthermore, starching could lead to a breakdown of the fibers over time.

    edit: Oops, I seem to have misread your third question. If you are washing raw denim, you should remove the jeans before the water turns inky blue (which would indicate the loss of the top layer of indigo dye).


    waa, perapera desu ne
     
  14. amerikajinda

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    waa, perapera desu ne

    perapera shyaberanai... [​IMG]
     
  15. ghulkhan

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    is this better for the jeans over bronners ?


    or does this just keep them darker and bronners just keeps the fabric in better shape ?
     
  16. lurker

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    do we need to rinse them after we soak them in detergent? if no, does it not smell like detergent afterwards?

    how long do we need to soak them? rinse them?
     
  17. amerikajinda

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    is this better for the jeans over bronners ?


    or does this just keep them darker and bronners just keeps the fabric in better shape ?


    Interesting question... personally I'd prefer using Bronners but it's harder for me to find... so I usually use WOOLITEÂ[​IMG] Dark Laundry Fabric Wash. I'd venture to say that, since you're probably only washing once every 6 or 8 months anyway, you wouldn't be able to tell which one keeps them darker and which one keeps the fabric in better shape... I'd say just use either one, and wash as infrequently as possible, when you do wash, wash gently by hand and use as little soap as possible and put the jeans in cold water for as short a time as possible...

    Again, I'm no expert, and there are other threads and websites addressing the washing process, so please consult those as I don't want to lead you down the wrong path and I especially wouldn't want you to ruin a favorite pair of jeans on account of me! [​IMG]
     
  18. erbs

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    I would say that Bronner's is better because it is a soap whereas Woolite Dark is a detergent. I know it's a hair-splitting distinction but there is a chemical difference: a true castille soap contains glycerol and lipids derived from natural sources and detergents contain harsher aromatic molecules.

    I would take Bronner's over Woolite Dark anyday.
     
  19. proncis

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    I'm not familiar with Bronner's. Which product would be best for denim and other dark items?
     
  20. Bertrand

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    Dr Bronem and thunder soap are good too
     

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